According to sources, the Hyundai Kona will be used by the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL). Some units have already been delivered while some more coming soon.
Hyundai launched the Kona electric SUV in India earlier this year, making it the first mainstream electric car in India. Inspite of being considerably expensive, the Hyundai Kona has found a good number of buyers for itself. Now, the Kona has found some buyers in the government as well.
According to sources, a few Konas have already been delivered to Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), and a few more will be bought for use by government offices. The Kona was launched in the country in July at an ex-showroom price of Rs 25.3 lakh. Later though, the price was revised to be Rs. 23.7 lakhs, on account of the downward revision of GST on electric vehicles (EVs).
The Kona is powered by a 39.2 kWh battery which churns out 131 bhp and 395 Nm of torque. We have driven the Kona and we can tell you that the torque surge is instantaneous and it feels quite exciting. The Kona is also rich in features and it has ample space in both its rows. The Kona comes with a portable charger and a wall box charger as well which will be installed by the company for the owners.
While the Kona has a ARAI-rated range of 452 km, the real world range of the car in regular driving conditions is something about 250-300 km. The car can sprint from 0-100 kph in just 9.7 seconds, which is plenty fast for a heavy electric vehicle. It also comes loaded with plenty of features, some of which are electric sunroof, front ventilated and heated seats, 10-way power adjustable driver seat with lumbar support, Electronic parking brake, button type shift by wire technology and among others.
Hyundai has received over 300 bookings for the Kona as of yet. The company has already delivered 177 units of the vehicle. The Kona being the first mainstream electric car is finding ‘early adopters’ in some high profile individuals being the primary customer base for the Kona. The Hyundai Kona comes to India via the CKD route ans currently, it has a waiting period of about 5 months. Hyundai is also working on a more affordable, smaller EV for the larger Indian audience.